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99 Homes (2014)

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A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.

Director:

Ramin Bahrani

Writers:

Ramin Bahrani (story by), Bahareh Azimi (story by) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Rick Carver
Douglas M. Griffin ... Officer Dudura
Randy Austin ... Sheriff Anderon
Carl Palmer ... Sheriff Carl
Andrew Garfield ... Dennis Nash
James Brown ... Elliot
Luke Sexton ... Crew Leader
Noah Lomax ... Connor Nash
Alex Aristidis Alex Aristidis ... Alex Greene (as Alex Aristidis Perdikis)
Tim Guinee ... Frank Greene
Tabler ... Lawyer Bailey (as John Tabler)
Garrett Kruithof ... Court Clerk
Richard Holden Richard Holden ... Judge
Deneen Tyler ... Bailiff
Albert C. Bates ... Derek (as Albert Bates)
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Storyline

Around the world everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash learns this the hard way when he is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker, Rick Carver. Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom and nine-year old son into a shabby, dangerous motel. All is lost. Until an unexpected opportunity arises for Nash to strike a deal with the devil - he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of scamming and stealing from the banks and the government; he teaches Nash how the rich get richer. Living a double life, Nash hides his new boss and job from his family. He rises fast and makes real money; he dreams bigger. But there is a cost. On Carver's orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes - just as it happened to him. Nash's conscience starts tearing him apart... but his son needs a home. In a...

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Inspired by true events. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Rated R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

99 Casas See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,253, 27 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,410,915, 22 November 2015
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the film Dennis and Frank's little boys comment on how Australia looks like the USA upside down. A large theme of the film is reverse. The reversal of Dennis's role from evicted to evictee, and also on how the American moral system is completely upside down. See more »

Goofs

A photograph of Rick Carver on an article in the movie is actually an unoriginal picture of Michael Shannon when he was at TIFF back in 2012. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Nash: Fuck, fuck fuck!
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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Let Me Down
Written by Keith Jackson, Steven Davis and Steve Shelton
Performed by The Glass Heroes
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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There are literally are 99 reasons to go see this movie.
14 October 2015 | by alexcomputerkidSee all my reviews

Say what you want about America but money is a very big part of our society. It's a free-for-all pursuit of money and it so helps with having a good family background. If you can't afford college to get your degree or don't have a career after high school, you are on your own. It's like high school all over where you have to find yourself again.

99 Homes has many themes pertinent to today's society. From the idea of money and how to handle your money and also the banking system, it's an accurate image of our society today. Who knows how it will hold up twenty years down the road due to how society is going to change but for now 99 Home knows exactly what's going in the world now and tells it's story in a very original way.

Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is an unemployed construction worker who gets evicted along with his family from his home by businessman and con-man Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). As a way of getting his childhood home back, Dennis joins Rick's business team not knowing what lies ahead for him.

As most kids after high school, I didn't have a plan for myself and college was my only option. I was lucky enough to get a good job at a grocery store that will be able to support me though college. Even though I had my differences with my hometown, growing up in one of the richest towns in Michigan had it's perks also. It's so hard and heartbreaking to watch Dennis not have money or a name to himself. He must support his mother Lynn (Laura Dern) and his son Conner (Noah Lomax) through only construction jobs. Then you have someone like Carver who's at the different end of the spectrum and doing everything right for himself but he is someone who makes his big dough from forcing people out of their own homes and in the wrong way. As we expect, Michael Shannon, always plays a determined and powerful character and he is able to captivate every character that he plays. That said, Andrew Garfield's performance is even more impressive. He is able to express through emotions the things his character is dealing with and he takes you on a ride with him. He plays a character who does not know how to save his family and who is wondering if the scheme he is involved in is the right thing to do. His morals and values are being severely tested.

Another example of the money ideas at play here is the setting. The movie is set in Orlando, Florida, with some of the biggest houses on the street sitting next to the smallest houses where the evictions happen. It is such an accurate image again of how different the concept "money" is for everyone. Some people are set for life where others are living paycheck to paycheck. This film seems to know both sides of that so well.

99 Homes is a film that the main topic is eviction and really this should have been dull ride. How this film is able make this topic interesting and thought-provoking is very impressive. 99 Homes is so off the map on this topic but in a good way.

99 Homes is a character study with Oscar quality performances especially from Garfield. It is also societal story and commentary, a story of determination and one of the top films of the year all rolled in one. There are literally are 99 reasons to go see this movie.


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